Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Program

IOM Logo - UN MigrationThe UN Migration Agency (International Organization for Migration) visited Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District during July 2019. Staff members attended and heard about the activities and services of UN Migration Agency IOM.

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Risk management in immigration detention

Melbourne Immigration Transit AccommodationThe Australian Human Rights Commission has recently conducted a risk management audit of all detention centres in Australia. A comprehensive – and pictorial – report was compiled. People held in immigration detention, as well as staff working in detention facilities, face genuine risks to their health, safety, security and their human rights more broadly.

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Australian Employers Guide to Hiring Refugees

Australian employers guide to hiring refugees

People are the single most important factor for an innovative economy. As Prime Minister Turnbull said recently, “Our greatest asset is not the rocks under the ground but it’s the people that walk on top”. Knowledge and skills circulating through a network of people builds to a critical mass where innovation can prosper. Silicon Valley didn’t pop up overnight, it took 60 years to build. People were and continue to be the essential component. Immigration is not the first thing that springs to mind when considering innovation policy.

The effect of migration on productivity is complex. On the one hand, productivity receives a boost because migrants are concentrated in the prime working age group and are relatively highly educated. Moreover, they are more likely to participate in the workforce and have higher levels of personal productivity.

Employment is a crucial step in the process of settling in Australia. Through work, refugees become self-reliant and empowered to build a future for themselves and their families. Hence, the Migration Council of Australia in collaboration with Friendly Nation Initiative and TENT have produced this Australian Guide to Hiring Refugees.

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Volunteering and Settlement in Australia

Volteers from the CALD communityVolunteering Australia and Settlement Council of Australia have released a report on their National Survey on Volunteering and Settlement in Australia. Volunteering among the CALD Community brings a strong diversity dividend to both the volunteers and the organisations engaging with volunteers. Volunteering brings strong gains to the settlement process and personal well-being.

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New and Emerging Communities in Australia – Enhancing Capacity for Advocacy

New and Emerging Communities in Australia

FECCA – the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia – have produced New and Emerging Communities in Australia – Enhancing Capacity for Advocacy.

This report seeks to outline how individuals and organisations from Australia’s new and emerging communities represent their interests to government, business and the broader community. The report provides guidance to policy makers, government and other stakeholders on how and where to engage with new and emerging communities. It also provides recommendations for improving the capacity of new and emerging communities in advocating to government and other stakeholders.

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Family Violence – Primary Prevention

Respect Victoria LogoRespect Victoria is an independent Statutory Authority dedicated to the primary prevention of all forms of family violence and violence against women. Our focus is on stopping violence before it starts by changing the culture that allows it to happen.

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Cultural Competence in Australia – A Guide

Cultural Competence in AustraliaFECCA – the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia – have produced a Guide to Cultural Competence in Australia. This lays out the foundations of Cultural Competence and gives an overview of what Cultural Competence training is available in Australia – albeit under a wide range of labels for the training.

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